Ever heard of this kind of Berry?

@koalatbs (2230)
United States
February 11, 2009 1:36pm CST
A friend of mine once brought me back a small jar of jelly when she went out of state, back to her home in Oregon. The jelly was "marionberry". I'd never ever heard of it before and was a little reluctant to try it but, oh man.... it was so good! She brought it for me once more after that and I just loved it. I've never since heard of it again. Today, I was at our local convenience store and I bought some iced tea. It is Tazo Brambleberry tea. It says it is infused with apple & marionberry juices. There it is again... marionberry! I checked the back of the bottle and guess where it is made?... Portland, Oregon - the same place my old co-worker used to live. Now, are marionberries only found in Portland, Oregon... is this some weird hybrid fruit? Has anyone else EVER heard of it?
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I've never heard of Marionberry but I love all berries so I'm sure I would love it as well. Since it's made in Oregon, I'm sure you could buy it online somewhere. I've never had/heard of crabapple jelly before till one of my customers gave me a small jar of it for a Christmas gift several years ago. It was really good and she said she would make more for me if I brought her the crabapples. Little did she know my mom has 3 of those trees in her yard and I brought her a bushelful. I paid her for it, though. I'm usually up for trying new things at least once and surprised how I end up liking most things I try.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Hi Karen - Wow... I bet that lady was surprised when you brought her a big bushelful of crabapples! lol Marionberries are really good and I talked to my former co-worker a few days ago and she told me that next time she goes back to Portland to visit her daughter she will be sure to pick me up another jar of the jelly. :) I can't wait! yum
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• United States
23 Feb 09
Only one jar? Shoot, I would be asking for 12 jars since they are difficult to find anywhere else.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Feb 09
looked it up, its a kind of blackberry... Marion blackberry (marketed as marionberry) is a hybrid blackberry that is a cross between the 'Chehalem' and 'Olallie' berries.[1]
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Some people are saying they are a cross between the two different berries that you mentioned (Chehalem & Olallie) but others are saying that they are a cross between blackberries & raspberries. So, I'm not sure which one is correct.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Feb 09
got it off Wiki
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
12 Feb 09
never heard of this berry. So must be something that just grows in Oregon!
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
From what I have heard so far Lakota12, marionberry were invented, so to speak, in Oregon and are grown there. Not sure if any other states have started growing them or not.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
13 Feb 09
SOme hybird berrys I am guessing!
@mareem (147)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Marionberries are a blackberry variety developed in 1956 by crossing two other hybrid varieties of blackberry: Chehalem Blackberry and Ollalieberry Blackberry. They are grown commercially pretty much exclusively in Oregon and most of the farms are in the Willamette Valley (Salem area). The Marionberry was developed by George F. Waldo and tested in Marion County, for which it was named. You can purchase marionberry products online at: www.yournw.com (I'm sure there are other places to purchase online, as well). I'm not sure if they ship outside of the US, but Marionberry products are shipped worldwide, so if you're outside of the US, you should still be able to find them. If you ever get to Oregon during the harvest season (the first three weeks of July), you should be able to find fresh Marionberries in most grocery stores and at roadside stands in the Willamette Valley.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Thanks mareem... very informative & helpful! :) I am hoping to find more things that have marionberries in them, because it is very good tasting. Somebody said they saw a marionberry pie at Kroger the other day... that is where I shop for my groceries so I'll have to check it out!
@mareem (147)
• United States
13 Feb 09
You're quite welcome, koalatbs. I'm glad I could be of some help in at least clearing up what they are. Before moving to Washington, one of my cousins lived near Salem, so I have had the great pleasure of eating Marionberries straight off the vine. Fresh, they are a very very very dark purple and are very plump, juicy, and taste wonderful. You'll have to let us know if you find the pie at Kroger and how much you loved it! *BG* We don't have Kroger in the area I now live and it's about 70 miles to the nearest Albertsons or Smiths, so I usually shop at a little market in a town about 15 miles from me. I work at a resort and in the gift section of our general store they do sometimes stock some Marionberry syrups, jellies, and candies, so I can get a taste occasionally.
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I've heard of Marionberries before. There's a lot of them in the Oregon-Idaho area. The grocery stores and ice cream parlors around where I live [in Idaho] have them all the time. they're a lot like black berries. :)
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Oh wow... I bet marionberry ice cream would be wonderful!
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
11 Feb 09
hello megumiart, I was born and raised in north central Idaho
@ryzach (1546)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I have heard of marion berry but have never tried it. I don't really know much about it but it sounds good.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Marionberries are VERY good. I'm not really much of a "jelly" person either and I just love the marionberry jelly that I tried a few years ago. I hope you get to try it someday. :) Have a great Monday ryzach!
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@jimbo88 (231)
• Indonesia
12 Feb 09
I never hear it before. Maybe this kind of berry is difficult to get in any country. "Although we never hear it before, but i think we can eat it to know about it"
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I have heard it is mainly in Oregon, USA. So, it probably is very difficult to find in other countries, unless ordered over the internet.
11 Feb 09
Hi koalatbs, No I have never heard of marionberries, what colour is it, red or black? I bet you enjoyed that. Tamara
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
More black in color than red. But, if I remember correctly the jelly I had was a darkish purple. I just might have to walk up to my corner convenience store again today for another bottle of the Tazo tea that has it in it. Boy... this is gonna cost me if I keep doing this!
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
11 Feb 09
hhmmm never heard of a marionberry before now I have had brambleberry tea though an its good
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
11 Feb 09
The brambleberry tazo tea was very good. It is all gone now and I'm thinking of walking back up to the store to buy some more!
• United States
11 Feb 09
I have heard of it, I had to think a minute or two. It's a type of blackberry, that is a blend of two other "breeds" of blackberry. My grandmother used to let us pick them and make jams. As I recall the are smaller and sweeter than their east coast cousins. I LOVE them though...some people also call them loganberries (which is actually one of the hybrids used to breed the marionberry). That berry is native to the Northwest area and is actually farmed in Oregon.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Oh cool... I guess I was right then. It is a hybrid type fruit. Either way, it is very good.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I have never heard of that berry but it sounds wonderful! I'll have to look it up and see where I can possibly get a taste of it. I don't like many fruits and any that I can find new and yummy I need to find!
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
11 Feb 09
yes, it was very good. I really liked it a lot dragon54u. If you ever get the chance, give it a try... if you can find it. I guess the best bet would be to try the tazo tea that has it in it.
@tammytwo (4304)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I just saw this name on a yogurt package on a commercial for the first time ever this morning. Before that I had never heard of it. May have to try it myself.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
That is funny tammytwo! I have never seen it anywhere, besides the jelly I got from my friend years ago, until yesterday in the Tazo iced tea I bought. Do you remember what brand of yogurt it was on the commercial?
• United States
19 Feb 09
I'm curious as well for I love yogurt and would love to try it.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I've never heard of it, but you've piqued my interest now. I'm going to have to do some searching to see if I can find anything with marionberry in it! Thanks for letting us know about something new...or at least new to us!
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Feb 09
LOL...I just had to look it up online to see what it was. Did you know that there's a Marion Berry, A Democratic Representative in Arkansas? How many of learned that today...? I also found that the marionberry is a hybrid blackberry. Having always loved them, now I'm more determined than ever to find some!
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
LoL! No, I didn't know there is a Marion Berry! But, the marionberries are very good... I know that much! :)
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@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Hello, I like marionberry's. I sometimes even buy marionberry pie ice cream made by Tillamook.The best berry in my opinion is the huckleberry and they grow way up high in the mountains and are grown no where else. They have been around for hundreds of year if not thouseands of years.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Oh wow ds6413... I bet that marionberry pie ice cream is heavenly! YUM! :)
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
13 Feb 09
It is,you would like the ice cream if you like marianberriea and it sounds like you do. :)
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Nope, but there are so many berries and goods that I haven't heard of before at least. It is still my dream to travel the world to be able to taste and see all different types of cultures and foods, available for consumption.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I'd love to be able to travel around the world too hdjohnson. I love to try new things also.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
11 Feb 09
No, I've NEVER heard of marionberry in my life - it's a new one on me! I know there are a lot of berries out there in the world - in Australia there are many wild ones which the indigenous people are aware of and have been using for bush tucker and natural medication for generations - but they are not as well known to others. I'll be on the lookout for mention of marionberries from now on, though - they sound delicious!
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Yes guybrush, the marionberries are delicious. I have learned so far that they are from Oregon and are a cross between a raspberry & a blackberry.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I think it's our state fruit, it's a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry, I think. We can get pies, jams, teas and juice through out Oregon. Look for it on the internet I'm sure you can send for some.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Thanks savypat. Have you ever tried it and, if so, do you like it?
• United States
11 Feb 09
I have never heard of this berry either, and I am in the midwest..Michigan..we have a ton of cherry type jams here as we have the cherry fesitival every year in Traverse city... but I havent heard of this one, I am going to look it up and see what I can find out about it... and if you can order it on the web. thanks for the info!!
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I miss Michigan! I lived there twice when I was younger. Plus, we had a cottage in northern mich at Higgins Lake. Have you ever heard of it? Beautiful... I miss it like crazy. My parents owned it for 14 years so I practically grew up there as we spent all major holidays, every summertime, and long weekends there no matter what state we lived in. Warren is near Detroit, right? My parents lived in West Bloomfield when I was in elementary school. I went to college at Western Mich Univ. in Kalamazoo. Loved it there! Have you lived there all of your life? Oh, back to marionberries (lol)... if you ever get a chance and happen to see it anywhere, give it a try. Very good stuff!
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
11 Feb 09
i never heard of this kind of berry before... but by the sound of it, it sounds very nice and wonderful... i will try to find it here in australia... but i don't think i will be able to find it as you say that it is originated from portland, oregon... if i can find it here, i will definitely give it a try... take care and have a nice day...
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I guess maybe your best bet in order to try it would be to order it online! Do they carry Tazo iced tea in australia? If so, you could try the iced tea I had yesterday that has it in it.
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Ive never heard of it but you live and learn. Sounds wonderful! So they grow on vines??
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I think so, but I'm not sure busyB4.